OK what do i do when i go to a gym?

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    Oct 01, 2010 9:32 AM GMT
    Ok, I have never been to a gym in my entire life! Im not fat, Im not skinny im defined! I weight 130 pounds and Im 5'6. Any tips on what i should do? And how much calories do I need to eat in in order to gain some weight since I do need some! What do I need to do to bulk up? Also, what do I do when I go to a gym?? I dont want to go into a gym and feel awkward and dont know what the hell im doing!
  • Hokenshi

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    Oct 01, 2010 10:20 AM GMT
    Most gyms will take you through an orientation in which they will answer all your questions, show you how to use the machines best suited to obtain your goals and give you general advice.
    Don't forget you can ask the staff to show you exercises or how to use a new machine etc at anytime....somtimes I play dumb just so I can talk to the cute instructor and get him show off his body.

    Every gym I've ever belonged to has made me go through it even though I've been using gyms for a while; the last one was over 2 hours of broken English and Japanese.
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    Oct 01, 2010 10:30 AM GMT
    Hokenshi is right!

    If you are joining a gym ask if they can include a few personal training sessions in your gym package for a starting point. Most gyms (Gold's Independent) should be happy to oblige your request. In fact the Gold Gym I frequented in San Antonio included with the membership right off. So always ask.

    If your a student goto the campus gym and ask someone who looks like they know their way around a bench or barbell rack and ask if they can give you some pointers.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has a bodybuilding encyclopedia that you can use to reference different exercises also.

    And finally you have RJ members too, I started out overweight and wanted to drop. Now that I lost the excess fat, I'm working to build lean muscle mass and eating right. Diet is the biggest part of any bodybuilding program and fitness is a big but smaller piece of the puzzle. Make sure your diet is nutrient rich and full of proteins also think chicken breast, black beans, kidney beans etc and supplement that with spinach or broccoli etc. Watch the sauces and drink copious amounts of WATER!

    I could go on but I'll be here all day and I have to goto work, msg me if you need any more info.

    Good luck man! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 01, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    Grab something heavy and pick it up! icon_biggrin.gif Just kidding.

    When I first started, I just picked a few random machines and started lifting. It wasn't much weight, but I figured I was at least doing something.

    Once you get the hang of it and going to the gym becomes routine, you can look at online routines to get a little more intense or add a little cardio after.
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    Oct 01, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    Check out the Workout Plans here, and over at www.BodyBuilding.com in the left nav bar under Workout, especially Kris' 12-Week Video Training Workout.

    I work out 3x week but also run 3x week for cardio.

    Keep a little spreadsheet, columns going across for the days and rows going down for the exercises, and in the boxes write the weight you lift.

    Remember ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph. You can never change your basic body type, but you can DEFinitely change your overall look.

    GO FOR IT!

    Don't worry about buying magazines at the store, they are as full of ads as a Brides magazine. Do it on the web.
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    Oct 01, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    A_1991 saidOk, I have never been to a gym in my entire life! Im not fat, Im not skinny im defined! I weight 130 pounds and Im 5'6. Any tips on what i should do? And how much calories do I need to eat in in order to gain some weight since I do need some! What do I need to do to bulk up? Also, what do I do when I go to a gym?? I dont want to go into a gym and feel awkward and dont know what the hell im doing!


    Little One, you need to go to a site like bodybuilding.com and read everything. Then, sit down and write up your daily workouts. Unless you have a friend that likes spending time on you, you should expect to pay a qualified person to spend time setting you up on an initial program, if you don't have the will or smarts to do it yourself. DO NOT ask folks to help you for free, as you'll get what you pay for.

    You need to take time to study hypertrophy.

    If you eat more calories than you consume, you'll get bigger. If you eat fewer calories than you consume, you'll get smaller.

    Stop with the I,I,I,me,me,me. Nobody at the gym gives a crap about you as long as you stay out of their way. Everyone started someplace. Those who trained smartly, were consistent, patient, and disciplined, have results.
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    Oct 01, 2010 5:17 PM GMT
    Hokenshi saidMost gyms will take you through an orientation in which they will answer all your questions, show you how to use the machines best suited to obtain your goals and give you general advice.
    Don't forget you can ask the staff to show you exercises or how to use a new machine etc at anytime....somtimes I play dumb just so I can talk to the cute instructor and get him show off his body.


    I did this. Got the cute trainer to show me squats every week for about a month as I liked the way he stuck his ass out icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 01, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    I need to see a full-frontal nude pic of you to be able to advise you. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 01, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    Caslon15000 saidI need to see a full-frontal nude pic of you to be able to advise you. icon_wink.gif

    LOL

    Thanks for the advice, Im planning to go join Golds Gym since its down 3 blocks from my house.
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    Oct 01, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    A_1991 said
    Caslon15000 saidI need to see a full-frontal nude pic of you to be able to advise you. icon_wink.gif

    LOL

    Thanks for the advice, Im planning to go join Golds Gym since its down 3 blocks from my house.


    Will you be posing in full-frontal nudity for the personal training staff? icon_twisted.gif
  • EricLA

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    Oct 01, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
    If you are a total newbie at the gym, then you really need some one-on-one time with a trainer. An orientation by the staff isn't going to be enough. You need someone to show you how to use equipment properly, get familiar with proper form and breathing, etc. They can probably set you up with a starting workout program. But, it's like starting a new job. You won't absorb everything the first session, you need 2-3 sessions to reinforce all those aspects. Otherwise, you risk injuring yourself or in the least not benefiting from your efforts.

    When I was a kid I checked out or bought a couple of books on fitness to learn some basic concepts behind working out. I bet they even have one of those "Idiot Guides to..." working out.
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    Oct 01, 2010 8:43 PM GMT
    GAMRican said
    A_1991 said
    Caslon15000 saidI need to see a full-frontal nude pic of you to be able to advise you. icon_wink.gif

    LOL

    Thanks for the advice, Im planning to go join Golds Gym since its down 3 blocks from my house.


    Will you be posing in full-frontal nudity for the personal training staff? icon_twisted.gif


    If they ask and it is part of the training, if not then no unless they are hot!